Cleanability & Infection Control Furniture | Crucial Answers
Decreasing the risk of cross-transmission of dangerous pathogens
Research suggests that environmental surface contamination can play a vital role in the transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens e.g. MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter, Norovirus and C. diff.
Kwalu has partnered with Clorox Healthcare® to target the reduction of healthcare associated pathogens. Cleanability is key. Kwalu’s non-coated, non-porous Clorox compatible furniture can withstand the most rigorous cleaning protocols while exceeding hospital furniture standards.
HAIs and Surface Contamination
Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) continue to challenge the Healthcare industry. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4% of the patients admitted to hospitals will contract an HAI, and the total economic burden is estimated at over $35 billion annually. Environmental surface contamination is a factor in cross-transmission of HAIs, like C-diff (Clostridium difficile), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus), Norovirus and Acinetobacter. Cleanability and infection prevention furniture are the key in combating HAIs. Why?
Easy-to-Clean Hospital Furniture Combats Bacteria
Most wood and metal furniture have surface coatings that are only microns thick to try to help protect against HAIs. Wood furniture products are inherently porous, and prone to nicks and scratches. Harsh cleaning chemicals could then further damage the surface. Add time and moisture and the substrate swells, allowing bacteria and other organisms to gain a stronghold. With metal furniture, once the surface coatings are scratched the chemicals used to disinfect may have corrosive properties, negatively impacting the integrity of the furniture. Over time, these compromised surfaces could become reservoirs for dangerous pathogens.
Cleanability – The New Watchword.
Because our infection prevention hospital furniture pieces are smooth and non-porous, with fewer seams, they are less likely to harbor dangerous pathogens and are easier to clean. This helps Hospital Environmental Services in getting rooms ready quickly.
In March, 2014, the CDC posted over 30 Environmental Protection Agency products approved to clean C. diff. Only Kwalu’s infection control furnitur can withstand all of the cleaning products needed to keep patients and others safe.
Kwalu Doesn’t Need Arm Caps
Some manufacturers are resorting to polyurethane or similar arm caps because their metal and wood frames become degraded by cleaning chemicals, wear and tear, and oils from human hands. Caps add seams and are typically not cleanable by all chemicals available to combat diseases like MRSA and C. diff. With Kwalu, it’s a non-issue. We have no need for arm caps as the entire chair can be easily cleaned.
Patient Room of the Future
November 2013, the Wall Street Journal posted an article on Mayo’s Center for Innovation indicating the patient room of the future should have: “all surfaces in the room other than floors made of Corian® or similar solid surface materials…” Kwalu is a solid surface materials, and already has the product of the future that exceeds hospital furniture standards!
Optional Antimicrobial Product Protection and Cleanability
Some wood and metal furniture products use an antimicrobial topical coating that is typically only a few microns thick. As soon as the finish is damaged, scratched, nicked or swells due to normal use, bacteria and other organisms could gain a stronghold. Harsh cleaning chemicals may further damage the topical coating, leaving it, at best, ineffectual and at worst, compromised. And no warranty for their antimicrobial finishes is mentioned.
Our optional antimicrobial product protection is inherent to our infection prevention furniture, and is not a topical coating. Our patented, high-impact-resistant repairable polymer is scuff-, scratch-, and water-resistant and can be thoroughly cleansed with most sanitizing solutions commonly used in healthcare and senior living environments, (including bleach) without compromising the antimicrobial product protection properties or damaging the finish.
Partnership with Clorox
Kwalu has partnered with Clorox Healthcare® to target the reduction of healthcare associated pathogens by combining Clorox Healthcare’s® portfolio of disinfectants with Kwalu’s non-porous, non-coated furnishings. Kwalu’s Clorox compatible furniture has been proven to stand up to rigorous cleaning protocols and has shown compatibility with Clorox Healthcare® disinfection chemistries, including Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes and Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes. The combination of products and protocols can result in effective surface disinfection leading to the reduction of cross-transmission of pathogens that put patients at risk.
Warranted for 10 years, Kwalu’s infection prevention furniture surfaces have shown compatibility with all of the Clorox Healthcare® disinfection chemistries. The right combination of products and protocols can help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria through cross-transmission.